The European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN is derived from the name “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire” and is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. CERN is one of the costliest technologically advanced machines on planet earth taking about a decade to construct costing of about $4.75 billion. The Large Hadron Collider took about a decade to construct, for a total cost of about $4.75 billion. What most people do not realize is that the internet was established to run CERN even this day. It was Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, who invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. This is military technology. Taking all of those costs into consideration, the total cost of finding the Higgs boson (big bang bullshit) at CERN ran about $13.25 billion. Except I don’t think CERN was constructed to smash particles or to find the Higgs boson particle. This explains why Japan and China want their own particle colliders.
This leads me to wonder why Japan is planning on building a collider itself tentatively planned for construction in the Tohoku region for the International Linear Collider (ILC) – if Japan ends up hosting the facility. This collider if built in Japan could cost $10 billion. Japan isn’t the only country outside of France and Switzerland (CERN location) to build these expensive pieces of machinery. China is also planning on building a collider while for decades, Europe and the United States have led the way when it comes to high-energy particle colliders. Both the U.S. and Europe are planning an even larger collider than what is at CERN. China is quietly gathering momentum raising the possibility that China could soon position itself at the forefront of particle physics. Why are these countries like Japan, China and a few others building these incredibly expensive machines that have military applications? Japan is working to first establish an international grouping before it goes ahead with construction on its own collider.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE NEW COLLIDER
The lhc has discovered the higgs – what does that mean?
July 4th in 2012 is destined to be a special day in the history of humankind. On that day, physicists working with the world’s largest scientific facility, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, in Switzerland, announced that they have discovered a particle that looks a lot like the long-sought Higgs boson – the final missing piece in the Standard Model that describes fundamental particles and forces. The Higgs boson is the key to the explanation of how all the other fundamental particles get their masses. A few months later, this particle was confirmed to be a Higgs particle.
Discovering this new particle at the LHC is a triumph. After two successful years of operation at the LHC, the next step in our understanding of the Universe has been revealed. Now that the scientists have found a Higgs boson, many more years of follow-up research will be needed to verify its full identity. For a particle to be exactly the Higgs as originally conceived, all of its properties must be measured with great accuracy; a tough job indeed.
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